Maya, Upper East Side, NYC

Maya, Upper East Side, NYC

 

Food: ☆☆☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Fit for: Groups, Vibrant bar scene, Spicy food.

Dishes not to miss: Tostadas de Atun, Mole Poblano, Calamar Maya

Special notes: Happy Hour at the Tequila Lounge is Monday to Sunday 5 – 8 PM with special bar bites priced at $3 each.

 

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Richard Sandoval, the chef and owner of Maya, hails from a long and successful restaurant career. His roots are in Acapulco where his family owns successful high-end restaurants. Leaving that behind, Sandoval heralded the very successful Savann and Savann Est. in New York City.

Sandoval now has a vast culinary empire with several Latin inflected restaurants all across the United States.

Maya might be the crown jewels in his kingdom.

Maya is a wonderful nod to Sandoval’s rich culinary heritage. The dishes served here acknowledge familiar Mexican flavors but bring in a new dimension of culinary innovation. The flavors at Maya are really fresh and new and yet so comforting. All of it just tastes really good.

Somehow in a city that’s offers the very best of all cuisines, it is still quite hard to find really good Mexican food.

Maya changes all of that.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

APPETIZERS

GUACAMOLE

Avocado / tomato / onion / cilantro


TOSTADAS de ATUN

Big eye tuna / plantain chips / pineapple salsa / micro cilantro / avocado espuma


CALAMAR MAYA


Adobo sautéed calamari / plantain puree / arugula salad / warm chile guajillo sauce / chive oil


TAMAL DE FLOR DE CALABAZA

Sweet potato steamed corn tamale / zucchini flower / wild mushrooms / requeson / mole Amarillo

 

MAIN COURSE

MOLE POBLANO


Pan roasted chicken breast / cilantro rice / plantain / mole sauce


CREPAS DE  HUITLACOCHE


Huitlacoche-mushroom filled crêpes / melted Oaxaca cheese / roasted chile poblano sauce / chayote-carrot-cucumber salad


PIPIAN de PUERCO

Tamarind marinated pork loin / roasted corn puree / tomatillo-pumpkin seed sauce


DESSERTS

CHOCOFLAN


Dark chocolate cake / caramel flan / candied pecans


SORBET


Green apple / pear / mango


TRES LECHES


Sponge cake / three milks / raspberry mousse / raspberries

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